When Man City beat Man United in October 2011 6-1 at old trafford, few ever questioned Sir Alex Ferguson’s ability. A defensive collapse Jonny Evans style then which mirrors the Maguire inspired one from the weekend shook the world but no one ever brought up the manager’s job status. So what is the difference between Sir Alex of 2011 and Ole of 2020. Not much in my opinion ,in fact the 2 are surprisingly similar and I will show you why.
Sir Alex took over in 1986 from Ron Atkinson with United struggling at the wrong end of table and it took him 4 years to capture his first trophy 1990 FA cup. Ole took over from Jose Mourinho with United struggling in the wrong half of the table as well. He hasn’t had the 4 years that Sir Alex had but he has had a year of which he performed a minor miracle of getting United back into champions league at the 2nd attempt. The amount of trophies that Sir Alex won did help in masking the deficiencies shown by United 9 years ago. Ole hasn’t won a trophy yet at United thus the choruses of “sack him”are ever more louder. I must say despite not winning trophies his winning percentage is almost of 50.4 is better than Louis Van Gaal and almost at par with Mourinho. He has managed more goals than boring LVG although his defensive side isn’t so much to write home about.
Another thing weighing heavily against Ole is his low premier league win loss ratio. If a manager is to be counted amongst the best ,he has to ultimately win the league crown. From 80 games, he has won 34 drawn 19 and lost a whopping 27. Having spent about 250 million pounds on players that translates to 1 win costs a out 8 million quid which is hardly the stuff of a Man United manager.The emotional attachment that Ole and United fans has bought him time thus far but that patience may be wearing thin. But I am a guy who likes giving people an opportunity to prove themselves(Sir Alex needed 7 good years to win premiership title). United should at least give him that long. Going into a vicious cycle of firing and hiring managers will condemn United to the same path followed by fallen giants like AC Milan and Marseille.